Shannon Stacey

Do the earbud police drive black SUVs?

So yesterday I was listening to a workshop by Sharon Sala while waging yet another futile battle against weeds, albeit wearing a shirt that covered my shoulders this time. While I found some nice earbuds with a foam covering that helps them stay in my obviously defective, earbud-ejecting ears, they still fell out every few minutes, and it was too hot for my big headphones.

After a few cycles of 1) lose an earbud 2) take off gloves 3) reposition earbud 4) put gloves back on 5) rinse and repeat again and again and again, I began wondering why one was marked “left” and one “right”.

Curiousity finally got the better of me and, after peering around to make sure nobody was watching, I took a deep breath and went for it—left earbud in the right ear, right earbud in the left ear.


Nothing happened. Ms. Sala sounded neither like a chipmunk nor one of the Three Tenors. The workshop didn’t begin playing backwards, offering up demonic deals with the publishing devils. I didn’t start walking backward. Nothing. No difference.

I think they just mark them in an effort to teach the current crop of public school educated middle schoolers their left from their right.

And let me say another thing—if you can listen to a workshop like “Writing is an Addiction” by Sharon Sala and then say something like…I can’t write because I don’t feeeeeel like it, the writing police should take your computer away. Seriously. When I listen to the trials she’s faced and how she kept on writing, I feel pretty crappy for whining about my sunburn infringing on my creativity and typing ability.

3 comments to “Do the earbud police drive black SUVs?”

  1. Rhonda
      · June 18th, 2008 at 8:27 am · Link

    :popcorn: I thought I was the only person in the world who had ear bud issues – at least that’s what my kid tells me.

  2. Annmarie
      · June 18th, 2008 at 2:48 pm · Link

    I too have the earbud issues. NEVER thought to switch them. Huh.

    Does your sunburn STILL hurt? You musta FRIED those shoulders. Sunblock SPF30 for you from NOW ON. (My chemist friend says after 30 the SPFs all work the same.)

  3. Shannon
      · June 18th, 2008 at 10:53 pm · Link

    Rhonda, I’m learning more people can’t use them than can, which isn’t a bad thing because they’re horrid for one’s hearing. The tall kid’s getting his first iPod for his birthday and I’m nervous about the earbuds.

    The sunburn’s a lot better today, Annmarie, but I did milk it for a couple of days. And while I was helping the husband carry Sheetrock up the stairs I scraped my right shoulder across the framed bathroom door opening. I didn’t cry, but I said a LOT of bad words. It’s still a little sore from that. Scraping sunburns sucks.

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